Like a year ago I bought this children's dictionary, filled with crinkled but beautiful pictures, thinking I could use it "for some project." But it just sat there.
Over the weekend we bought a child sized table and two chairs (the PB kids Carolina table and chairs!) from a neighbor's garage sale, and I put them in the corner of the dining room.
It's funny how one little thing can set you off like that. I was really tired of the atmosphere in our dining room, anyway. It was so... serious. Like it was just the dumping ground for stuff I liked that didn't have a place anywhere else and it was fine, yet slightly annoyed me because it was too dark and somber and I am insane and let things like this annoy me. Anyway the new kid-light-fun-sweetness-arts-and-crafts-hooray thing going on in the corner made me want to sew a garland. I mean, on paper and in my head I am SO OVER GARLANDS, yet, what do you know, I found myself sewing a little scrappy and off-center garland out of fabric scraps from the Goodwill bins. And feeling okay about it? Because why not. It took two minutes to make, I can always throw it away in a week.
So this brings me back to the vintage ABC book. I remembered it, got out scissors and the stapler and made these:
They are making me so happy. I cannot get enough of the colors in old children's books. This is why I have to buy every last one I find. Do you know how many vintage children's books I have? Someday someone is going to go out looking to buy just one single vintage children's book and not be able to because I BOUGHT THEM ALL.
That? Is a small small fraction.
My camera is on the fritz and it was kind of an excruciating process just getting these for this post. It has been dying a slow death for the last 8 months or so. My birthday is June 3rd, if anyone wants to buy me a $1000+ present, make it a Canon 7d please and thank you.
Anyway, this is what I've been up to. I always mean to document stuff like this so I can look back and remember when I did what, but forget. So here it is, blogged, on record. This is my dining room in May 2011.